OTTB on Tap

by Niamh O'Connell and Emily Kocubinski

A podcast about all things related to Off Track Thoroughbreds, written and produced by Emily Kocubinski and Niamh O'Connell

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Ep. 24: OTTB Training as a Team: Julianne & Ashley Work Together Toward the RRP Makeover

    Ep. 24: OTTB Training as a Team: Julianne & Ashley Work Together Toward the RRP Makeover

    Can an amateur rider with a full time job still have time to train a fresh off the track OTTB? Julianne Pangal certainly can, and does, as her own website, OTTB Makeover, demonstrates. For the 2024 RRP Makeover, Julianne has teamed up with longtime friend, Ashley Olin, to train and compete her horse, Brooklawn. Both Julianne and Ashley have versatile backgrounds in foxhunting, hunter/jumpers, and eventing, and are taking a unique approach to decide what “Rye” will compete in at the Makeover. Learn about their training methods, how they balance work, life, and horses (or not!), and what is next on their road to the RRP Makeover 2024. For more pictures and information, please visit www.ottbontap.com Past episodes of the OTTB on Tap & Retired Racehorse Project Collaboration – RRP Trainer Chronicles Series: Ep 14: RRP Trainer Chronicles: Where the Journey to Greatness Begins Ep 20: First Steps with Annika: Restarting Former OTTB Broodmares Ep 21: Lauren Garrett-Bond's Holistic Approach to Restarting Her OTTB Mare, Tizbit

  • Ep 23: 4 of our Favorite OTTBs, Vol 1

    Ep 23: 4 of our Favorite OTTBs, Vol 1

    Take a trip down memory lane with Niamh and Emily as we discuss 4 memorable OTTBs from our past. We discuss Thoroughbred pedigrees, conformation, temperament, and more, along with the horses’ back stories, why we chose them, and what made them special to us. Maybe even a couple were “the one that got away” to us! Included in this episode are: Kiwi Gal, a 2009 chestnut TB mare by Stormello out of Mikey’s Gal, by Montbrook. She had 13 starts, 2 wins, and about $59k earnings. Bridge of Flowers, a 2013 by TB gelding by War Chant out of Frost Flower(IRE), by Sadler’s Wells. He had 15 starts, 1 win and about $22k in earnings. Victory Money, a 2008 bay TB mare by Love of Money out of Karla’s Victory, by Medieval Victory. She had 14 starts, 1 win and about $22k in earnings. Double No, a 2013 bay TB gelding by Discreetly Mine out of Tale of the Fox, by Tale of the Cat. He had 9 starts, no wins, and a whopping $3495 in earnings. Check out ottbontap.com for pedigrees, conformation pictures, riding photos, videos and more!

  • Ep 22: Thoroughbred Round Up!

    Ep 22: Thoroughbred Round Up!

    Join us to catch up with Niamh and Emily about OTTBs in the big events this spring: Kentucky and Badminton. They also chat about the Kentucky Derby, William Fox-Pitt's retirement, and a sneak peek into our upcoming episode about riding OTTBs in a Lucinda Green clinic. Finally, they recap about the OTTB on Tap - Retired Racehorse Project trainers: Annika, Lauren, Julianne, and Chelsey. Supporting links to horse/riders discussed: Rachel Lawson and High Tide Joe Meyer and Harbin Meghan O’Donohue and Palm Crescent Jessica Phoenix and Wabbit

  • Ep 21: Lauren Garrett-Bond’s Holistic Approach to Restarting her OTTB mare, Tizbit

    Ep 21: Lauren Garrett-Bond’s Holistic Approach to Restarting her OTTB mare, Tizbit

    Join us for another installment of our OTTB on Tap - Retired Racehorse collaboration! In this episode, we chat with Lauren Garrett-Bond about her OTTB mare, Tizbit. Lauren grew up down the street from Pimlico Racetrack in Maryland and would watch the horses work on the track daily. Her love of Thoroughbreds never diminished, and now she is retraining her mare for the ‘24 RRP Makeover this October. With a Masters degree in behavior, Lauren brings us an intuitive and holistic approach to transitioning horses from racehorse to riding horse, and talks about what it is like owning her very first mare, and maybe some jitters after visiting the Kentucky Horse Park for the very first time!

  • Ep 20 - First Steps with Annika: Restarting former OTTB Broodmares for Ranch Work, Barrels & Western Dressage

    Ep 20 - First Steps with Annika: Restarting former OTTB Broodmares for Ranch Work, Barrels & Western Dressage

    Welcome to the first installment of our OTTB on Tap - Retired Racehorse Project collaboration! On today’s show, we have Annika Greaney-Stanger who has two OTTBs that she is retraining for the 2024 RRP Makeover in some varied disciplines including Ranch Work, Barrels, Trail and maybe some Western Dressage. Both horses are former broodmares and racehorses. Tizso Majestic, “Tessa” a 2013 mare (Majestic Warrior - Piazza Grande, by Hennessy and Egoli a 2016 mare (Quality Road - Somasach, by Johannesburg). In this episode, we chat with Annika about what it is like to restart two very different OTTB mares, especially after a long time off. She gives us tips and insights into both mares’ personalities and explains how she likes to approach some tricky topics, like introducing her OTTBs to cows and ranch work for the first time. Being located in Fargo, ND, Annika also talks about transitioning OTTBs off the track in that climate, and the challenges (or advantages!) of trailering her horses long-distance for most of her showing throughout the year. Annika is also participating in the Make the Makeover: your contribution to an individual trainer fundraiser through the 2024 Make the Makeover campaign can help them earn refunded entry fees, AND help produce the biggest movement in Thoroughbred aftercare, the Thoroughbred Makeover. Donate to Annika’s Make the Makeover Campaign Past episodes in the RRP Trainer Chronicles: Ep 14: OTTB on Tap: RRP Trainer Chronicles - Meet the Trainers Learn more about Annika Greaney-Stanger